Neighbours concerned about noise, traffic

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A public meeting in Chalk River last week drew about 40 people who delivered both criticism and support for a rezoning application which would allow 10 trailers and a construction yard on land adjacent to Plant Road.

The zoning bylaw amendment application was filed earlier this year to rezone roughly 31 hectares of a 37 hectare vacant property to permit a Construction Yard or Contractor’s Yard as an additional permitted use of the property in question.

The proposed Construction Yard would be located on a portion of the rezoned land and would include a maximum of 10 temporary business office trailers, with an associated outdoor storage area.

The facility would service ongoing projects at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL).

Renfrew County planner Anne McVean told those assembled at the Lions Hall that the proposed use of the property is in keeping with Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement, as well as the county’s Official Plan.

Critics of the rezoning application raised a number of concerns at the meeting, including the prospect of increased traffic in the neighbourhood.

“It’s going to be pretty much unbearable on Plant Road,” Randy Bent told Laurentian Hills council, which held the meeting to garner public input on the rezoning application…

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